Here are excerpts From President Trumps speech to the United Nations.
Trump’s critics misrepresent the speech and misunderstand the nationalist vision that Trump was setting out. He didn’t defend a valueless international relativism.
“The Marshall Plan,” he said, “was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent and free.”
He said, repeatedly, that we want “strong and independent nations” committed to promoting “security, prosperity and peace.” And we look for nations “to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.”
Trump’s standards aren’t drawn out of thin air. A consistent nationalist believes in the right of every nation to govern itself. Moreover, modern nationalism developed alongside the idea of popular sovereignty — i.e., the people have the right to rule, and the state is their agent, not the other way around. This is why the rise of nationalism was the worst thing to happen to dynastic rulers in Europe.
Trump’s core claim that “the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition” is indubitably correct; it is what makes self-government possible. Given the choice between being governed by imperial center or transnational authorities, the people of almost every nation will choose — and fight if necessary — to govern themselves. (See the American Revolution.)
I took from this that if all nations respect the sovereignty of each other nation. And the government of each nation represents and respects the interest of their people. That the world will be a safer better place for all people.
“Respect” is the buzz word here. Every person has beliefs and feelings and national norms that can be different from the beliefs and national norms of people from other countries. That should be a good thing. It makes all individuals unique. It makes each country unique. It keeps us all from being duplicated drones with the personality of a pencil. Why spend the time to travel to another country if it is just a duplicate of the one you live in? Embracing the differences country to country. Embracing the differences of one person to another is what will bring this world to a peaceful existence.
All people are created equal and have just as much right to live a safe, happy and rewarding life as each other person.
Respect each other and embrace our differences and we all will live in a world at peace. Period!
That’s what I got out of President Trump’s speech. What did you get?
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